Of Ostriches, Sad Boots and Taxidermy for Crazy Ladies

This morning when I asked Some Postman to take some outfit pics for me, he said “we haven’t done that in a while!” No, we haven’t. Why? Because I haven’t felt like it. I haven’t wanted to see pictures of myself and face what I truly look like. My mood has been low, so I really haven’t given two hoots about what I’ve been wearing. And since this blog doesn’t have a large following, who really cares if there haven’t been any outfit posts in a couple of weeks? But….I forced myself to put together a decent outfit today and have pictures taken, simply because I need to get my head out of the sand and face facts. I put on my Big Girl underpants – literally – and got dressed.

Dress – thrifted
Yes, I’m wearing under-armor fit for a fat girl under this dress. Not just to hold in my lumps, although that is a good reason. Those undies that “go all the way up” also act as an unseen back brace. It kept my back from spasming all through church, and I was able to stand and sit without lurching or gasping. That would have been inappropriate, even for a frump.
Bracelet – thrifted
This bracelet was missing a ring for the clasp to grasp, so I added one this morning. Made it much easier to put the bracelet on with one hand! 
Born BOC sandals – Vanderbuilt’s
Born makes the very best footwear for people with plantar fasciitis, I’m telling you! These cute little strappy sandals are so very comfortable, I could wear them all day long and be nearly pain-free. Whenever Vanderbuilt’s has a half-off sale, my shoe collection grows by at least one pair! (Oh, my, there was the MOST ADORABLE pair of cowgirl boots marked down to $49. Sadly, the heel was too high and made my stupid feet feel like they were embedded with glass, so I had to leave them at the store. I would LOVE to have purchased those beauties, though! And they had a wonderful pair of cognac colored Born riding boots for $49, too, that were nice and flat heeled….but too tall and narrow for my short and chubby self. Such great bargains on boots – but none to go home with me! Sad, sad, truly sad…)
Handmade Dachshund purse – eBay
Last Sunday, I wore my Dachshund earrings in memory of my Little Old Lady Dog, Abby; this week, I carried my Dachshund purse. I told Some Postman that if it had been possible, I’d have had Abby stuffed and mounted so I could carry her taxidermied puppy body with me everywhere. Yeah, that would throw me completely into the creepy lady section of the bargain bin! I do miss my long little doggie, but she is with me in spirit. And Etta Pooka stays nearby all the time, which is a great comfort. Stay tuned to see what Dachshund-themed clothing item I purchased via Amazon will be featured in next Sunday’s outfit, assuming it arrives in time.
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My Favorite Kitchen Gadgets – The Salad Spinner

I have been feeling particularly frumpy and unfashionable the past couple of weeks. Hence, the lack of posts on this blog. My Little Old Lady Dog went to doggy heaven, followed soon after by her seeing-eye cat. I’ve been waiting for the third shoe to fall, because you know these things happen in threes, despite the fact shoes only come in twos. But, so far, so good, and no one else has gone to the Great Beyond.

And so it is time to return to blogging. My summer outfits are rarely worthy of posting (I’m still wearing my workout clothes as I write this…and I have yet to workout!). Therefore, I’ll focus most of my posts on the Hausfrau part of this blog.

This Frumpy Hausfrau spends a lot of time in the kitchen, preparing meals and snacks for Some Postman and Hungry Bird. Yeah, and Frumpy, too. As I was preparing garden lettuce yesterday afternoon, it occurred to me that there are several tools, gadgets and appliances in my kitchen that I simply could not live without, and I thought I’d share them with you all.

First on my list of favorites, but only because it’s the gadget I happened to be using (my REAL number one favorite will be featured later), is the Salad Spinner:

Some Postman plants several rows of leaf lettuce in our garden every spring, so we can enjoy fresh salads for several weeks until the hot Kansas sun scorches the delicate leaves into limp yellow puddles. (Goodness, that sounds terrible! But it’s true…) Until a couple of years ago, preparing the lettuce was kind of a pain. First, you wash the lettuce in a sink full of cold water (kind of nice when we didn’t have air conditioning!), then put the lettuce in the dish drainer to drip a while. Next, dry a few leaves at a time in a dish towel. This took forever! I forget exactly what prompted me to buy a salad spinner, but I found this one at Walmart for only $10. Sure, the Pampered Chef one is amazing, but it does essentially the same thing, and costs five times as much! Here’s how it works….

Put a bunch of washed lettuce leaves in the green bowl thing.

You can actually put more leaves than this in the bowl; I didn’t think to take pics until I was almost finished with the job, so this is all that was left to do.

Next, put the lid on and pull the handle a few times, gently, while holding the thing in place with your other hand.

If the leaves are still pretty wet, rearrange them and spin again. It’s better to be fairly gentle with pulling, because vigorous pulling will break the mechanism inside. Yeah, I did that last summer. Thank goodness Some Postman is able to fix and repair just about anything! He took the spinner apart, made a new piece to replace the thingy that broke and put it back together again, good as new. Amazing!

Anyway, now your lettuce is dry enough and pushed against the sides of the green bowl thing from that amusement park ride it just took.

Be sure to drain the water from the bowl between spinnings so it doesn’t accumulate too  much and just keep making the lettuce wet again. I like to keep my lettuce in those special produce bags from Hefty. It really does keep longer in them! Not that we keep lettuce around for too long…when we’ve got fresh garden lettuce handy, we eat salads every day!

*Note: I was not asked by Walmart or Hefty to endorse their products. I use them and like them without any compensation. Nor am I bashing Pampered Chef. I love their products, and will feature at least one of them as a favorite gadget soon, and they didn’t ask for my opinion, either.

The Demise of Fun Socks Week II

Alas, sometimes life gets in the way of good intentions. I intended to post every day of Fun Socks Week II, but on Thursday, I felt like the proverbial headless chicken — no post on Thursday. On Friday, I took pictures and composed a post in my mind, but was so exhausted by the end of the day I nearly fell asleep on my feet — no post on Friday. Saturday morning, my dear husband declared his one Saturday off this month to be a date day for us in celebration of our 24th anniversary (which is actually today, June 17th). Of course, I gladly accepted and pitched ideas of blog posting out the window. (Sorry, blog, a day with Some Postman trumps you big time!) And so, Fun Socks Week II kind of fell off with a pfft.

Since I did take pictures and compose a mental post on Friday, I will see if I can re-create it for today. After all, on Friday, I wore my most favorite Fun Socks!

Bird Socks – Old Navy

Friday’s post was to be titled “A Day in the Life of Fun Socks”, taking you along wherever my Bird Socks took me.

In the morning, my Bird Socks hid inside my muck boots as I did outdoor chores. We cleaned the chickens’ water pan, fed the chickens and gathered a couple of eggs.

This is Foxtrot, our one-legged duck. She gets special treatment during egg-laying months. Due to her disability, if she lays eggs, her body rebels and prolapses (meaning that her ova duct falls outside of her body). To prevent this, Foxtrot is not allowed to eat enough food for egg production. Given the large amount of yard we have, the only way to control her diet is to keep her in a small pen. At night, she has a confined area in the hen house, separating her from the food source. During the day, she stays in an enclosed pen out in the yard with a pan of water. We move the pen every day, so she “mows” a small section of yard every day. That is just enough food for her to live and not lay any eggs. I know, it seems harsh, but it’s for her own best health. Her duckie friends hang out nearby her pen regularly, so she’s not lonely. And she has a nice big dish pan of water to splash in. (And I toss her a bit of duck kibble sometimes, too.)

Next chore, watering the garden. I know, it looks more like I’m watering a bunch of weeds, but there are radishes, lettuce and carrots growing there, too. We’ve had poor luck with radishes the past few years, this year included. The tops grow like crazy and have no bulbous roots. Good thing chickens find radish greens tasty.

Some time later on Friday, I hopped in the car with my Bird Socks-covered feet in tennies to run some errands. Everything is so green in rural Kansas right now! Isn’t it pretty?

Some Postman would like to have a windmill in our yard someday. No farm in Kansas is complete without a windmill!

Later in the afternoon, I kicked off the tennies – but left on the Bird Socks – and decided it was high time to re-organize the kitchen fridge freezer. How is it that it gets to be such a mess?! It seems that I’m continually organizing it, and yet the minute I turn my back, it looks like this again:

I found a few interesting things stuffed in the back….a very black, shrivelled banana; a baggy of cubes of applesauce baby food, made when Boo was first eating solid foods three years ago; a watch battery; a small container of unidentified frostbitten stuff. The chickens had a snack of that and some other frostbitten goodies. After much sorting and searching for suitable containers, here’s what the freezer looks like now:

I’m hoping it will stay neat and tidy like this! To keep stuff from getting all jumbled together, I put all the meat and meat-substitute products in a container; all the veggies in that basket in the center; fruits in the pink lidded Tupperware; ice cream and the popsicle maker all the way to the right. Bread and breakfast items are on the top shelf with the ice. Pop ice for Some Postman and the doggies (he shares with them – it’s so cute!) are kept in the door inside an empty ice cream carton, alongside cookies and baking needs. (I find that keeping cookies in the freezer keeps me from eating more than one, and it keeps them tasting fresh-baked much longer.)

After supper on Friday, Some Postman declared our master bedroom ready enough for us to move back into it, and so we spent the evening hauling our bed and dressers across the house. No pictures of that activity, but here is the end result:

We haven’t found a bedding set that we like yet, so for now the old stuff will keep doing the job. I really like how the colors are working together! Next project: make some colorful throw pillows for a splash of pizzazz. And make some window coverings. Beach towels just aren’t pretty.

So….Fun Socks Week II was kind of fun for me, at least. None of my followers (all 8 of them! LOL) shared any pics of their own fun socks, so perhaps I’m the only weirdo out there wearing wacky socks. But that’s OK! Crazy socks make me happy.

Fun Socks Week II, Day 4 — Just A-Swingin’

My fun socks and I ventured outside for a few minutes this hot afternoon, because even though being indoors in the air conditioning is nice, it makes for very boring photos. The dogs came out with me, one to piddle and the other to sniff around the yard, while I contemplated how to take interesting pictures of my feet. 

Everyone does this, right? Ha ha ha!

When I was a kid, I loved to swing. In first grade, I was one of those kids who raced to the swing set at recess, and then if I scored a swing, I’d pump my short chubby legs as hard as I could to try and touch the tree branches overhead. I was NOT one of the brave (?? stupid ??) kids who would then jump out of the swing to see if I could land on my feet like a cat. Nope, not me. I’ll keep my legs unbroken, thank you very much.

As I gazed around the yard, my eyes lit upon the old jungle gym and swing in our side yard. The swing is about waist-high to me, so I had to heft myself into it – but I did it! Took some doing to get started, since my fun-sock-clad feet could not reach the ground. But again – I did it!

Faded Glory dress – Walmart

Most people would think that eating a giant slice of juicy watermelon on a hot summer afternoon is a tasty treat. I’m not that fond of watermelon, however, so instead of eating it, I’ll wear it. On my feet!

I’m gonna touch the tree branches!
Watermelon socks – Walmart

Fun Socks Week II, Day 3 — Birds and a Cat

In case you’ve forgotten what day it is, it’s….

Days of the Week Socks – Payless

Today I went grocery shopping. These adorable Tuesday Birdies were covered by my orange Dansko tennies, but I knew they were there! I didn’t find any great bargains at the grocery store today; mostly I stocked up on produce and staples. However, I did find a sweet pink lace dress on clearance at Walmart. I have yet to try it on, and considering it’s a Jr size XXL, I’m not entirely certain it will fit. But if it’s close, and if I like it well enough, I’m pretty sure I can alter it. The dress was supposed to have a neon belt with it (the matching white lace dress had a neon yellow belt), but it was missing. (Hmmmm….I wonder where it went???) I’m sure I have something in my belt collection that will work just fine.

I was out doing morning chores when I took pics of my fun socks. Look who joined me on the Pet Rock:

Smell my feet, Buttercup?

Fun Socks Week II, Day 2 — Flying Thru Monday

Some Postman has the day off today, which means there are three meals to be prepared at precise times today. He is a hungry mailman, especially when he is at home, working on the House Project! I’ve got a list of stuff (in my mind) that needs to be done today as well, so these socks should lend wings to my feet, don’t you think?

Neon Butterfly Socks – Walmart

Here’s the rest of my work-around-the-house outfit:

T-shirt – Walmart.com
Gloria Vanderbuilt denim shorts – thrifted
When I was young, in the late ’80s, a peplum top looked pretty good on me. Not so much now! Well, at least not this one. Maybe something with a shorter peplum. Whatever. No one around here really cares, so it’s no big deal! Besides, half the day I’m covered with an apron, so the peplum can’t even be seen. And, now that I’ve worn this shirt for a while, I’m thinking of taking it off and putting on something else. This shirt has a weird smell to it that I really don’t like. Kind of like weeds. Or that heavy woven silk that some suits are made of — they always have a weird weedy odor about them (which is why I never buy anything made with that kind of silk!). Hopefully a trip through the washing machine will take care of the smell.

Fun Socks Week II, Day 1 — Lazy Sunday Afternoon

After checking the weather forecast for this week, it seems that last week would have been a better choice for Fun Socks Week II. That’s OK, we’ll wear socks in the heat anyway!

These socks are perfect for wearing with a bright green dress on a lazy Sunday afternoon, don’t you think?

After last night’s thunderstorm, the air is freshly scrubbed and just right for catching up on some magazine reading out on the patio. The breeze is gentle today and the sun won’t beat down too hard for another day yet, so I’m enjoying a restful afternoon. Look who has joined me:

Do you see both weenie dogs?
Stripey Apple Socks – Walmart